The trick to making eyelashes look fake. Apply the first coat of mascara. Get a Q-tip, put some baby powder on it. Apply it to your eyelashes - this separates them really well. Apply as many coats of mascara & repeat applying baby powder.
Tutorial on how to properly clean your makeup brushes. (T of white vinegar in a cup of hot water, 20 minute soak; hot then cold rinse and pat dry.) Disinfects, dissolves grease/makeup, leaves no film, and inexpensive.